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      Sondra Flemming, RN, MS
          Co-Leader		   	   	                     	      North Region
      Sondra Flemming, MS, RN is the Vice President of Health and Economic Development
      at El Centro College in Dallas, Texas. El Centro is one of the seven community colleges
      making up the Dallas County Community College District. Her background in health
      careers began as a faculty member in the Associate Degree Nursing program. She
      became Associate Dean for Allied health in 1986. In 1996, she became Dean of
      Continuing/Workforce Education in 1998 combined two divisions to become the
      Executive Dean for Health/Legal and Continuing/Workforce Education. Subsequently,
      she became Vice President of Health and Economic Development and oversees all health
      careers, paralegal careers, and all economic and workforce development including con-
      tinuing education and contract training. Sondra has served as President of the Executive
      Board of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
      (CAAHEP). She served as a commissioner to CAAHEP since its inception and
      represented the National Network of Health Career Programs in Two-Year Colleges
      (NN2). She is the past president of NN2 and has served on the board. She has been
      involved in the coalition for Allied Health Leadership as a member of the planning
      committee for the grant funded by the Bureau of Health Professions. The grant activity
      was geared toward development of future leaders in allied health and was funded for eight
      years. She is also a Fellow of the American Society of Allied Health Professionals.

      Susan Sportsman, RN, PhD
          Co-Leader		   	    	                    	      West Region
      Dean of the College of Health Sciences and Human Service and the Minnie Rhea Wood
      Professor of Nursing at Midwestern State University. She has been active in policy issues
      related to nursing and health care through her work with the Texas Nurses Association
      (president and past secretary, the Texas Allied Health Association (past President, Vice
      President and Board member, the Texas Mental Health Association (past Board mem-
      ber), the Helen Farabee Mental Health Mental Retardation Services(Advisory Committee
      Chair) and the United Way of North Texas (Board member). She currently serves as the
      President of the Texas Nurses Association. She has been honored as Dallas-Fort Worth
      Great 100 Nurse (1991), Leadership Texas (1990), and Great 100 Alumni of Texas Wom-
      an’s University (2005).
Catherine Bingle
    	     	    	             	       	      	       Central Region
Representing the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) on Texas Team workgroups
related to nursing workforce training and education issues since the group was formed.
She works in the Workforce Development Division of TWC, overseeing programs
relating to licensing and approval of postsecondary private schools and workforce
training providers. She brings to the group general Texas workforce system
knowledge and contacts useful to the Team’s work. Catherine worked as a population
health researcher and program evaluator prior to joining the workforce development
sector in Texas.

Eileen T. Breslin
     	     	    	            	       	      	       	South Region
Dean of the School of Nursing, University of Texas Health Science Center at San
Antonio since April 1, 2008. Dr. Breslin received her bachelor’s degree from Northern
Arizona University, and began her career as a registered nurse in the obstetrics and
gynecology unit at Flagstaff Community Hospital. She obtained her Master’s degree
from the University of Arizona in Tucson, and her Ph.D. from the University of
Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver. Dr. Breslin rose through the ranks at
Northern Arizona University becoming a full-tenured Professor and Chair of the
Department of Nursing before moving to the University of Massachusetts – Amherst to
serve as Dean of the School of Nursing and also holding the position of interim Dean for
the School of Public Health & Health Sciences. Dr. Breslin is a fellow of the American
Academy of Nurse Practitioners as of 2003 and served as treasurer on the board of
directors of the Association of American Colleges of Nursing. Dr. Breslin has been
recognized as a Distinguished Practitioner in Nursing by the National Academies of
Practice in 2000, inducted into the American Academy of Nursing in 2009, recipient
of Sigma Theta Tau International, Delta Alpha Chapter-at-Large, South Texas Nurse
Imagemaker Award in 2010, and received the National Association of Hispanic Nurses
Presidential Award in 2010. She has served on the National Advisory Council for
Nursing Education and Practice, on the Boards of the American Association of Colleges
of Nursing and the Massachusetts Organization of Nurse Executives.
Sally Durand, RN
      	   	    	             	      	       	      Gulf Coast Region
Director of Nursing Programs at Alvin Community College

Carson Easley, MS, RN
                                            Gulf Coast Region
Director of Nursing for the Mental and Mental Retardation Authority of Harris
County-Houston, Texas which is the largest Community Mental Health and Mental
Retardation Center in Texas and of the largest in the United States. She received her
Bachelors of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Texas Medical Branch
at Galveston and earned her Masters of Science Degree in Nursing from Texas
Woman’s University with areas of focus in medical-surgical nursing and education.
Her career experiences include nursing education, psychiatric-mental health nurs-
ing, quality management and staff development/training and nursing administration.
Ms. Easley continues to provide nursing education as an Adjunct Faculty member for
Texas Woman’s University in the area of psychiatric/mental health nursing. During
Houston’s response to Hurricane Katrina victims, she acted as an administrator on
duty for the MHMRA of Harris County psychiatric services at the Reliant Arena and
was responsible for assuring nursing coverage for the mental health unit. In 2009 she
was recognized by the Texas Nurses Association-District 9 Chapter as one of the 20
Outstanding Nurses in the Houston Area. In 2010 she was the regional winner of the
Nursing Excellence Award for the South Central Region in the area of Advancing and
Leading the Profession sponsored by NurseWeek magazine.
Chris Fowler, MPA
     	   	     	  	                	      	      	      Central Region
Senior program director for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the
state agency that oversees and coordinates higher education for the State of Texas.
As a specialist in health education policy development and implementation, she
reviews new health degree programs, and administers $13 million in special item
funding, including the $4.05 million Nursing, Allied Health, and Other
Health-related Education Grant Program. She is also the agency’s principal author
or editor of a number of legislative reports on health education including
Projecting the Need for Pharmacy Education in Texas (2004), A New Curriculum
Model for Initial RN Licensure Programs (2008), and Strategies to Increase the
Number of Initial Licensure Registered Nurses and Nursing Faculty (2009). Prior
to working as a program director, she was the budget and performance analyst for
health-related institutions at the Texas Legislative Budget Board.

State Representative Donna Howard, RN
     	    	    	     	   	   	    	   Central Region
Howard serves on the House Higher Education Committee, House Administration
Committee, and is vice chair of the House Culture, Recreation, and Tourism
Committee. She also co-founded the Air Quality Caucus, a bipartisan group of
more than three dozen lawmakers working on clean energy issues. For her work
at the State Capitol on health care, environmental protection, and historic
preservation, Howard has been honored by community organizations, from the
Austin Business Journal and the Texas Hospital Association to the Sierra Club and
the Heritage Society of Austin. Howard is a native of Austin who graduated from
Reagan High School, then went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a
master’s in health education, both from the University of Texas. She worked as a
critical care nurse at Brackenridge and Seton hospitals, was the first hospital-based
Patient Education Coordinator in Austin history, and helped start the Seton Good
Health School. She has also served as president of the Texas Nurses’ Association
(District 5) and as a Health Education instructor at UT.
Clair B. Jordan, MSN, RN
     	     	   	   	    	                    									Central Region
Executive Director for the Texas Nurses Association (TNA) since 1980 and also serves
as executive director for TNA’s sister corporations the Texas Nurses Foundation. In that
capacity, she is responsible for administration of programs of the association and
foundation. She is a member of various nursing, health and women’s organizations
including the American Nurses Association and American Society of Association
Executives. At the state level, she has served on advisory committees of the Texas
 of State Health Services and Texas Society of Association Executives. She currently
serves on the Nursing Workforce Data Advisory Committee that serves as the steering
committee for the Texas Center for Nursing Workforce Studies. She helped organize
Ready Texas Nurses a web-based, emergency response system intended to make sure
there’s an effective response from nursing in times of crisis and disaster. At the national
level, she has served as chair of the American Nurses Association’s Commission on
Workplace Advocacy and president of the Center for American Nurses. She is a frequent
speaker to state and national organizations presenting on a broad spectrum of nursing,
women, and health care issues.

Aileen Kishi, PhD, RN
                                                     Central Region
Founding Director for the Texas Center for Nursing Workforce Studies where
numerous research-based, nursing workforce reports are published and used for policy
and legislative matters. Dr. Kishi was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Texas
Team Addressing Nursing Education Capacity in the state. She has also been involved
in addressing nursing workforce policy issues at the national and international levels
through eight years of service on the Board of Trustees for the Commission on
Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools and participating in an international think tank
summit to develop strategic action plans on the supply and demand for nurses
worldwide. Dr. Kishi has recently been elected Vice President of the National Forum of
State Nursing Workforce Centers and has been actively involved in the development of
national nursing workforce minimum data sets on nursing supply, demand and
education. In December 2010, Aileen was one of the representatives from Texas that
was invited to participate in a national summit in Washington, D.C. to begin developing
a strategic implementation plan to address the Institute of Medicine’s recommendations
on Advancing Health through Nursing.
Mary Elizabeth Mancini, RN, PhD, NE-BC, FAHA, FAAN
                                     North Region
Professor, Associate Dean and Chair for Undergraduate Nursing Programs at The
University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing. She holds the Baylor Health Care
System Professorship for Healthcare Research. Prior to moving to an academic role in
2004, Dr. Mancini was Senior Vice President for Nursing Administration and Chief
Nursing Officer at Parkland Health & Hospital System in Dallas, Texas, a position she
held for 18 years. Dr. Mancini serves as Co-Chair of the Education Task Force for the
International Liaison Committee for Resuscitation; President-elect and Chair of the
Certification, Accreditation, and Technical and Standards Committee for the Society for
Simulation in Healthcare; Chair of the Education Committee for the Texas Nursing
Association; and Board Member of the Health Industry Council of North Texas. She
served as a founding commissioner for the National League for Nursing Accrediting
Commission and Chair of the Hospital Professional and Technical Advisory Committee
for the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations. Dr. Mancini is
a member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada’s Simulation Task
Force, Sigma Theta Tau International’s Simulation and Emerging Technologies Content
Advisory Group, and the World Health Organization’s Initiative on Training and Simula-
tion and Patient Safety.
Pearl Merritt, EdD, MSN, MS, RN
                                                    West Region
Abilene Regional Dean for Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of
Nursing, she has worked with nursing education for unlicensed and licensed staff for 30
years. She was selected as the winner of the Texas Association of Homes and services
for the Aging Distinguished Service Award in 2008. “She is a powerful supporter of the
development of nurses and education. She created the first Career Ladder for Certified
Nursing Assistants in Texas and continues to champion culture change with innovative
care models.” Most recently, Dr. Merritt lead Buckner Retirement Services to bring the
first Green House Model® for Long-Term Care to Texas. Dr. Merritt serves in numerous
professional and academic positions including the Center for Nursing Workforce
Studies and Chaired the Long-Term Care Task Force which made recommendations to
the Texas Legislature and Governor’s Office. She is currently co-principle investigator
on a HRSA Grant that was awarded to Sears-Methodist Retirement System in partner-
ship with Texas Tech University Health Science Center School of Nursing. This grant is
a $750,000 award in which individuals are selected to attend school to become a certified
nursing assistant. Dr Merritt is a strong advocate for the elderly and involved on a state
and national level in the culture change movement.
Laura Miller, MSN, RN
                                                     South Region
Chief Nursing Officer for the Baptist Medical Center located in San Antonio, Texas, a
647 licensed beds for profit hospital and part of a five hospital system (Baptist Health
System) with a total of approximately 1700 beds. Baptist Health System is owned by
Vanguard Health System that owns hospitals in Texas, Arizona, Illinois and
Massachusetts. Ms. Miller graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with her
MSN. She has been an RN for 33 years and a CNO for greater than 20 years.

Mary Beth Thomas, PhD, RN
                                                      Central Region
Director for Nursing at the Texas Board of Nursing. The majority of her 30 years in
nursing have been in nursing administration, health policy and most recently, nursing
regulation. She received her PhD from the University of Texas at Austin in August of
2007. Her dissertation explored the perception of RNs who had been sanctioned by the
BON for practice errors to ascertain individual, health care team, patient and system
contributions to their error.

Barbara L. Young Summers, PhD, RN, NEA-BC
                                Gulf Coast Region
Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer and Head, Division of Nursing at the University of
Texas, M D Anderson Cancer Center, one of the world’s leading cancer centers.
Dr. Summers practice hallmark has been a persistent and unwavering focus on building
nursing excellence. She has led the creation of new frameworks and models to develop
nurse leaders, and build an organizational culture that promotes health care safety and
professional nursing empowerment. Dr. Summers received her Ph.D. in Nursing, Health
Care Administration, from George Mason University where she also received her BSN
and MSN. She held leadership positions in a variety of healthcare settings including the
NIH Clinical Center, and INOVA Fairfax Hospital. Her honors and awards include
selection as an American Academy of Nursing Fellow (2009), Robert Wood Johnson
Executive Nurse Fellow (2002), a recipient of the NIH Director’s Award; the National
Patient Safety Foundation Excellence in Management Award; the Oncology Nursing
Society Linda Arenth Excellence in Cancer Nursing Management Award (2010) and the
George Mason University Distinguished Alumna Award (2010).
Mary Wainwright, MS, RN
                                                    East Region
Deputy Director of the East Texas Area Health Education Center (AHEC). In that role
she is responsible for supervision of core program staff that support administrative and
programmatic activities of nine regional operations. She coordinates the planning and
evaluation of the AHEC’s activities, which are designed to improve the quality, supply,
diversity, distribution, and effectiveness of health workforce; and improve the health
awareness, responsibility, and accountability by individuals and communities in the
AHEC service area that encompasses 17.5 million residents. Mary is the Principal
Investigator (PI) for the East Texas AHEC Student/Resident Experiences and Rotations
in Community Health (SEARCH) contract. She also facilitates the partnership between
the University of Texas Medical Branch Geriatric Education Center and East Texas
AHEC. Mary is a master-prepared nurse with practice experience in rural and urban
practice settings, including critical care nursing practice and administration. She has
taught at all levels of nursing education. Mary is a national leader in AHEC program
evaluation, and in nurse retention practices. Recently, she became the PI for a HRSA
contract with the National AHEC Organization to develop the AHEC Training and
Consultation Center to support AHECs improvement of evaluation and performance
measures. She has been honored and recognized at many different points in her
career. She is driven to improve the health of individuals and communities through
many different means to achieve that goal. Rural health care has been the central theme
of Mary’s professional work, and leadership in rural health and nursing continues to be
a strong interest. She is an alumnus of Texas Woman’s University.

Deborah Yancey, MSN, RN
                                                    Gulf Coast Region
President of Texas Organization of Associate Degree Nursing (TOADN).
Yancy is an active member of NOADN and TNA. She has been the
Director of Wharton County Junior College Associate Degree Nursing
Program since January, 2009. Prior experience in nursing education has
been as course coordinator for Obstetrics and Medical Surgical Nursing at
Wharton County Junior College. Before entering the field of nursing edu-
cation she was a Director of Nurses at a rural facility. Yancey graduated
from University of Texas at Houston in 1975 with my Bachelor of Science
Degree, and earned her Master’s in Nursing from University of Texas at
Austin in 1995.

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